“ This language belongs to
this country, the Wapar ”
Shannon Kanytji, Mimili Maku artist and traditional owner.
Wapar is the Yankunytjatjara word
for Ancestral or creation stories

Kukaku yananyi

Going hunting

malu
red kangaroo
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manta-ngka
earth-at
malu
kangaroo
tjina
footprint
ngarangi
was

The kangaroo footprints were on the ground.
pauni
cooking
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wati-ngku
man-[doing]
kuka
meat
malu
kangaroo
pauni
cooking

The man is cooking kangaroo meat.
kuntani
slicing (meat)
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malu
kangaroo
wipu
tail
kuntala!
cut!

Cut the kangaroo tail (off)!
ngukun/tjulpu ngampu
egg
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kungka tjuta-ngku
women-[doing]
tjulpu
bird
ngampu
egg
urani
collecting

The women are collecting eggs.
pilintji
intestines
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kuwiyi
worms
pilintji-la
intestines-in
ngaranyi
being

The worms are inside the intestines.
ngintaka
perentie lizard
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anangu-ngku
people-[doing]
ngintaka
perentie
ngalkuni
eating

The people are eating perentie.
wami/kanpa
snake/poison, poisonous
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wami-ngku
snake-[doing]
mingkiri
mouse
ngalkuni
eating

The snake is eating a mouse.
kalaya
emu
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kalaya
emu
pupanyi
crouching

The emu is crouching.
milpali (S)/kurkati (N/E)
goanna
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ngayulu
I
milpali
goanna
tjawara
having.dug
pungu
killed

After I dug out the goanna I killed it.
kapira
big goanna
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ankata
bearded dragon
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kuka
all sorts of edible meat, egg and fish
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wati-ngku
man-[doing]
kungka
woman
tjitji
child
kuka
meat
yungu
gave

The man gave meat to the woman and the child.
irkilyamparka
frilled neck lizard
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mita/langka
blue-tongue lizard
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malu wipu
kangaroo tail
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kanpi
emu fat
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kanyala
euro
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waru
rock wallaby
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muturka
fat
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ilytjan
flesh, meat, meaty parts of the animal
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tjuni ngunytju
main part of intestines
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tali
sandhill
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milpali
goanna
tali-ngka
sandhill-in
unngu
inside
anku
asleep
ngarapai
usually.lying.down

The goanna usually sleeps inside the sandhills.
mituni
tracking
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wati-ngku
man-[doing]
malu
kangaroo
mituni.
tracking.
nyangatja
this
tjina
footprint
kuwaritja
new

The man is tracking a kangaroo. These kangaroo tracks are fresh.
apu
mountain, hill, rock, stone
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nyaratja
over.there
apu
hill
wati-ngarinyi
across-lying

The hill over there is spread out across (the horizon).
kulpi
cave
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kunata-ku
hail-of
ngulu
afraid
tjarpara
having.entered
nyinaningi
were.staying

After entering the cave, they were staying there since they were afraid of the hail.
kankukata
day trip
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ngayulu
I
kankukata
day.trip
yananyi
going
kuka-ku
meat-for

I’m going hunting on a day trip
antjaki
overnight trip, going away for a night
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ngayulu
I
antjaki
overnight.trip
yananyi
going
Kupapiti-ku
Coober.Pedy-to

I'm going to spend a night in Coober Pedy.
yurinyi
moving/moving around
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nganana
we
para-yuringi
across-were.moving
iltji-ngka
barren.country-in

We were moving around in the barren country.
wanma
far away
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ngura
place
wanma
far.away
manti...
I.suppose...

That place is far away, I suppose…
ila
close by
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wiya,
no,
ngura
place
ila!
close

No, that place is close by.
parari
far, further away than wanma
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ngura
place
nyangatja
that.one
parari
far.away
alatjika
really

That place is really far away.
urakatinyi
creeping up on
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wati-ngku
man-[doing]
malu
kangaroo
nyangu
saw
munu
and
urakatingu
crept.up.on

The man saw the kangaroo and then crept up on it.
wakani
stab, spear
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wati-ngku
man-[doing]
katji-ngka
spear-with
malu
kangaroo
wakani
spearing

The man is spearing the kangaroo with the spear.
waninyi
throwing
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wati-ngku
man-[doing]
katji
spear
waninyi
throwing

The man is throwing the spear.
patangaranyi
fall down
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wati-ngku
man-[doing]
wakanu
speared
ka
and
malu
kangaroo
patangarangu
fell.down

The man speared the kangaroo and it fell over.
pungu
hit, killed
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malu
kangaroo
kunyu
they.say
wai?
what.about?
tjutiny-tja
club-with
pungkula
while.hitting
iluntanu
killed.it

What do they say happened to that kangaroo? (The man) killed it with a club.
pungkula iluntanu
killed (it)
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malu
kangaroo
kunyu
they.say
wai?
what.about?
tjutiny-tja
club-with
pungkula
while.hitting
iluntanu
killed.it

What do they say happened to that kangaroo? (The man) killed it with a club.